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Where Sal Barajas Plays Golf
Los Angeles County; San Bernardino County; Riverside County; Palm Springs Area; Orange County; San Diego County; Ventura County; Santa Barbara County; San Francisco/North Bay Area; San Jose/South Bay Area; Oakland/East Bay Area; Sacramento Area; Fresno Area; Bakersfield Area; Monterey Bay Area; Santa Cruz Area; San Luis Obispo Area; Las Vegas Area; Mesquite/St.George Area; Phoenix Area; Western Arizona; Northern Arizona
What's in Sal Barajas's Golf Bag
TaylorMade SIM Max Driver
Callaway XR 16 Hybrid (14 degrees)
Callaway Rogue irons
Odyssey O-Works Black Marxman putter
Last Updated: August 17, 2020
Father taught me how to golf at a very young age (we used to sneak on to the local 9 after the starter left), but I stopped playing for some time until I picked it back up during college. I've been playing consistently (twice a month) for about 15 years now and I really enjoy the times I can get out. Moved to Camarillo in mid 2019 and play with the Gold Coast Golf Association anywhere in Ventura County.
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Played here on a last minute (mere days before my move to AZ) whim to try and take my mind off packing alongside my partner's cousin JP. First time pl... » More
Played here on a last minute (mere days before my move to AZ) whim to try and take my mind off packing alongside my partner's cousin JP. First time playing here for both of us and I must say I enjoyed the course, getting to play the Valley/Desert combo (seemed almost everyone played this combo). It reminds me a lot of CrossCreek if someone placed it in the desert; mature trees, lots of blind shots and forced carries, but more than anything very good conditions for an area that must see triple digits and nasty winds.
Tee boxes: Okay to good shape. Nothing noteworthy either way, a few had some unlevel ground, but most were easy enough to find good turn to drive your tee into (blue tees played).
Fairways: Good to great shape. They were a visually stunning sight to behold in contrast to the surrounding desert-like natural terrain. Roll was fair, lies were good, and very few divots remained unfixed.
Rough: The rough that does exist on the course was thick and sticky. The more prevalent areas beyond the fairways are the natural terrain including chaparral, sand/dirt, rocks, etc. that will eat up bad shots.
Sand: Was in two bunkers and although they look awful, they played better than they look. That isn't to say they were wonderful as the the sand in them is more towards the dirt side of the scale and varied in consistency and amount. No rakes.
Greens: The absolute highlight of the day. They were wonderfully conditioned (a few divots but no fault of the course), rolled very true and quick (not lightning fast but sneaky quick), and were visually pleasing to the eye. Shots held well and breaks weren't insane.
ETC: Carts had no GPS and they could use it as there are plenty of tricky holes with blind shots. Carts DID have plastic divider so they could be shared via COVID-19 restriction protocols. Staff encountered was friendly, but no cart attendant with food today. Option to call in an order at the turn available, though not used today. Ample parking lot with solar panel-ed shade for a few rows. Restrooms on course could use some upkeep but glad to see them open. No water on course. Pace today was an amazing 4 hours considering everyone was playing the same combo 9's. Highly recommend.» Close
Played here as part of the Guru outing alongside Rob, Ron and Mike as the second GK group to go off around 1:15. Gary got all the main points of the c... » More
Played here as part of the Guru outing alongside Rob, Ron and Mike as the second GK group to go off around 1:15. Gary got all the main points of the conditioning spot-on except since he's such a good player, he avoided the bunkers while I didn't, so I will speak on this.
I was one of the last GK reviews regarding Tierra Rejada and the terrible bunkers earlier this year, so when I got an email from the course and shared news on GK of the course redoing their bunkers, I got excited. The greens are usually (not yesterday though) very good here, and the only major thing less than a 6 on the scale was the sand/bunkers. Getting to play yesterday and experience the bunkers was something else. The amount of bunkers has been reduced somewhat (certain holes lost one or two bunkers, others were reshaped a bit), the sand is now a whiter color and more consistent texture, and they have rakes!! It was tremendous to see the course put so much work into getting this done. Well done Tierra Rejada.» Close
Played here 10/4 with GK members Perry, Jon, and Nat on a warm Sunday mid-morning (9:44 am) tee-time. Only the second time playing here, but I remembe... » More
Played here 10/4 with GK members Perry, Jon, and Nat on a warm Sunday mid-morning (9:44 am) tee-time. Only the second time playing here, but I remembered a few holes fondly and others not so much. Greens are being punched as this is being written, so it was nice we got out when we did with greens being in excellent shape. Rest of the course was good to okay conditions, except for the tee marker locations. Alas, Mark's review still stood true a week later with only the tee issue (the placement of the blue and white markers was unacceptable, with the grounds crew choosing to place the tees in the most chewed up parts of the turf). Outside of that; staff was friendly, carts had ice in the chests and good GPS (even if mine froze), beverage cart came around 3 times and café trailer was open before the round. Pace of play today was an excellent 4.5 hours (I have had and heard nightmare tales of 6 hour rounds on Babe). Highly recommend after the greens heal from aeration in a few weeks.» Close
Played here with everyone else you read at the GK event on 9/13 on what was supposed to be the first tee time (8:05), in reality teeing off just after... » More
Played here with everyone else you read at the GK event on 9/13 on what was supposed to be the first tee time (8:05), in reality teeing off just after 8:50am getting to play again with Tim G. and meeting Wendy (abbacat) for the first time; a genuine pleasure. As alluded to by all the review before mine, course was in good summer shape, having dealt with two recent major heat waves and fires/ash/smoke in nearby Yucaipa. Won't go into much detail having a plethora of reviews to choose from if you decide to come out post aeration this next week.
-Staff was very friendly and they have no need to try and accommodate a group of GK's size on a prime Sunday morning, but they did it and with class. The accident delays on the 60 could have been a real problem for their scheduling, but instead of limiting the outing, they offered up two more spaces later if need be; that's some kind of management!
-Was nice to see the conditions were so good given how bad the last two weeks have been with those extreme heatwaves and all the resulting secondary effects of the nearby fires. Greens could have been better, but no one came in expecting December conditions in mid September.
-I loved Firecliff, but Mountain View is the "Torrey North" of Desert Willow with comparable hole selection, equal par 3's as it's big brother, and sharp teeth where it counts. Routing is a bit odd at times having to cross housing/parking, but otherwise a fine complement to Firecliff.
If you come out to play Firecliff, do yourself a favor and do what you can to try and play Mountain View as well!» Close
Played here today (9/12) as a last-minute way to extend the trip out for the GK event at Desert Willow on Sunday. Played with a fun group of guys from... » More
Played here today (9/12) as a last-minute way to extend the trip out for the GK event at Desert Willow on Sunday. Played with a fun group of guys from north O.C. who had me laughing all morning on a 7:50AM tee under somewhat greyish skies because of fires in the surrounding areas; air quality wasn't great but very playable especially early. Course conditions as Matt alluded to with the punching of greens (starter actually said today would have been three weeks) were a bit disappointing. Thankfully only the greens suffered today and the good company made up for it.
Tees: This may be the first time I saw the blue tees played today placed on hole 1 (15 feet from the starter's booth) on a downslope; odd choice. All other tee boxes were okay to good shape, and in far better positions.
Fairways: The best part of the course conditioning. They were a nice color green, had ample run and the turf was very nice to hit from. The contouring of the fairways was also fair, meaning there weren't insane mounds for trickery's sake.
Rough: Not too much to speak of as the native area is the real "rough" here. The traditional rough wasn't overly penal; it was wet and thick at times, but it didn't bury the ball nor was it unmanageable.
Sand: Was in a number of greenside bunkers and the sand in them was throwing more towards the fine brown beach sand than the pearl white stuff you may see at say Classic Club. Enough sand to hit out of and the consistency was pure enough, some bunkers were a bit wet but thankfully nothing deemed unplayable.
Greens: As mentioned, 3+ weeks out from punching (starter also mentioned they punched in June but it "didn't take as we hoped") and the greens are still nowhere near ready to be called ready. Some were better than others, but I can't remember a single one that was a standout either way. They ranged from a bit bumpy and a tad touchy on roll to slow and a bit puzzling. Either way it would be best to wait these out unless you are getting a Hot Deal or something.
ETC: First time here but even I could tell that they have changed things a bit around in the layout as at times the cart routing is rather insane, especially from the cart tent/pro shop in modular buildings to the range (watch yourself on the road). Staff was very friendly from the cart attendants to the starter, so a big plus there. Carts had nice color GPS with Bluetooth connectivity, coolers with lots of ice and two waters, and a working port to charge the old phone. Layout is nice with a few blind tee shots but the 18th hole left me a bit underwhelmed considering some of the holes I had played on the back 9 were far better; minor gripe. Overall, liked the course (curious what the pros thought when they played here as part of the Bob Hope rotation), but probably would play ShadowRidge or Classic Club instead.» Close
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